Let's Talk Consultation

Closed 21 Oct 2016

Opened 1 Sep 2016

Feedback Updated 12 Jan 2018

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council, like local authorities up and down the country, continues to face extreme financial challenges over the next three years. Reductions in Government grants, inflation and demographic pressures mean we must identify savings amounting to around £67 million by 2020.

Given this financial challenge we want to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire to ask where you think money might be saved, and what services are a priority for you.

We asked you to take part in this conversation in a number of ways, via our budget tool, by dropping into one of our roadshows or by emailing us with your suggestions.

You Said

All comments and feedback received as part of the Let's Talk campaign will help shape and inform the county council's budget setting process and a report with the key findings was presented to Cabinet in December.

Key Findings

  • Overall, a total number of 1,249 people engaged with the Council through the various channels available in the ‘Let’s Talk’ public engagement programme as set out at 1.2.
  • 650 conversations at the ‘Let’s Talk’ Roadshows, 557 members of the public engaged through the online budget simulator, and 42 members of the public completed paper based versions of the budget simulator.
  • The majority of respondents expressed that they were in favour of the Council increasing Council tax by 4%.
  • Findings from all channels indicate that Warwickshire respondents elected to increase council tax to off-set the proposed savings required • Children’s Services & Education, Adult Social Care and Transport & Environment were considered to be the top priorities by respondents.
  • A significant proportion of all respondents regardless of engagement method consider that extra income should be made through increasing income opportunities and sharing costs with partner organisations when providing some services.
  • The majority of all respondents regardless of engagement method agreed that the Council’s ambition to make Warwickshire the best it can and the proposed outcomes are the right priorities for Warwickshire.
  • Positively, the Leader and Members were party to some 650 conversations with Warwickshire residents at the 9 Let’s Talk events across the County. Key areas of importance highlighted at these events included the council spending money more ‘fairly’ across Warwickshire, protecting front line services for the most vulnerable, provision of a variety children’s services including quality of education and children’s centres.

We Did

We are committed to being an open and transparent council. We will be honest and open about our progress and publish regular updates on how we are doing in delivering this plan. We will let you know how our services change and transform and will engage with you to tackle it together. Consultation activity relating to the One Organisational Plan will be publicly available on Ask Warwickshire.

Please do take the time to participate in any consultation and engagement activity as your views are vitally important to us.

Results Updated 12 Jan 2018

Warwickshire County Council, like local authorities up and down the country, continues to face extreme financial challenges over the next three years. Reductions in Government grants, inflation and demographic pressures mean we must identify savings amounting to around £67 million by 2020.

Given this financial challenge we want to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire to ask where you think money might be saved, and what services are a priority for you.

You can take part in this conversation in a number of ways:

§  Have a go at setting your own council budget HERE

§  Drop by one of our Let’s Talk roadshows – warwickshire.gov.uk/letstalk

§  Email letstalk@warwickshire.gov.uk with your suggestions.
All the feedback we receive will be analysed and considered in our budget planning.

Please make sure you’ve had your say by 21st October 2016.

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Overview

Warwickshire County Council, like local authorities up and down the country, continues to face extreme financial challenges over the next three years. Reductions in Government grants, inflation and demographic pressures mean we must identify savings amounting to around £67 million by 2020.

 

Why We Are Consulting

Given this financial challenge we want to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire to ask where you think money might be saved, and what services are a priority for you.

You can take part in this conversation in a number of ways:

All the feedback we receive will be analysed and considered in our budget planning.

Please make sure you’ve had your say by 21st October 2016.

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their views.

Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Social care
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Schools and learning
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Roads and travel
  • Constitution and democracy
  • Policies, plans and strategies
  • Council finances
  • Fire and rescue
  • Libraries and leisure
  • Registrations
  • Community safety and crime
  • Business
  • Voluntary and third sector
  • Communities
  • Building and planning
  • Children and families
  • Adults and older people
  • Equality, welfare and rights
  • Local plans and guidelines
  • Housing
  • Early help
  • Economy
  • Young people
  • Children and families
  • Strategic commissioning
  • Social care and support
  • All age disabilities
  • Older people's commissioning
  • Transport and economy
  • Education and learning
  • Community services
  • Public health
  • Law and governance
  • Customer service
  • Performance
  • Finance
  • ICT services
  • HR and organisational development
  • Property services